Four-thousand acres does not sound like much in a National Park System of nearly 85 million acres. It is a pittance; small potatoes; inconsequential. That is the number of acres U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) wishes to open to hunting in the Bandeleier National Monument of northern New Mexico.
Congress has authorized recreational sport hunting in the National Park System before, explained Shawn Benge, the acting deputy director of operations for the National Park Service. This is nothing unprecedented, he said, in testimony before a Senate subcommittee on March 4.